Music and Freedom Project in partnership with Living Song March and April 2018

The JtoJ travelling exhibition opens at Beckton Globe Library in Newham, east London (DLR Beckton) on Monday March 5th with a launch on Saturday March 3rd 15.00-17.00. With a strong focus on music and Newham stories we explore what makes action for social justice succeed. There will be linked events and workshops at Newham venues during the two month run – details to follow soon.

Living Song CIC is an East London based company working locally and nationally to help young people shine and develop through musical activity, in particular singing and creative vocal work. We work with a wide team of highly skilled and experienced artists who are in turn supported by a diverse community of young apprentices offering a model of life long learning.

Friday 9th March

International Women’s Day to celebrate women’s past, present and future.

Inspirational speakers representing our diverse community, art exhibition, choirs, performances, workshops for all ages and delicious refreshments.

FREE. All comers.

From 6pm @ Forest Gate Youth Action Zone,  1 Woodford Road,  Forest Gate,  London, E7 0DH


Sunday 18th March

OPEN MIC – Newham Night – Music and Freedom Hosted by Abena The Actress!

7-10pm at Gerry’s, Gerry Raf es Square, Stratford E15 1BN

Wednesday 21st March

A City of Unity? Performing arts students from NewVIc reflect on what ‘being united’ means, through art, dance and music.

Closed event for parents and friends of the students.

For more information go to

7.00pm @ NewVIc, Prince Regent Lane, London E13 8SG

Friday 23rd March

A night of Jazz with the Robert Mitchell Band, including reflections on social justice through Jazz music.

£10.oo per ticket

All comers

8pm and 9.45pm @ Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, E15 1BX


Monday 26th March

Journey to Justice Train the Trainers  – twilight

An opportunity to learn about the Journey to Justice approach to human rights education – inspiring action for social justice through stories, history& the arts – workshops, discussion, films& resources.

£15 including refreshments

5.00 – 8.00 pm @ St. John’s Church, Stratford Broadway E15 1NG



Wednesday 4th April 

50 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we will also remember stories of Black and Asian British people who took a stand against racism and won.

In 1966, Asquith Xavier, a porter at Marylebone station, applied to be a guard at Euston and was rejected because of the ‘colour bar’ which was legal at the time. Hear his daughter Maria Xavier talk about how he challenged the authorities and see the plaque dedicated to him at Euston today.

In 1982 Goga Khan was one of the Newham 8, a group of young Asians whose case upheld the right of self defence and highlighted racism in the police force. When they appeared in court hundreds of Newham schoolchildren went on strike to join the pickets. Hear Goga tell the Newham 8 story.


6-8pm  Custom House and Canning Town Community Neighbourhood Centre and Library


Thurs 12th April

Music and Freedom Sing-A-Long for Senior Citizens.


11 – 1pm @ Stratford Circus, Theatre Square E15 1BX

Wednesday 18th April

Newham Music & Kingsford School present: The Beckton Groove Choir & Special Guests


All comers 4pm at Beckton Globe Library, 1 Kingsford Way, Beckton, E6 5JQ

Tuesday 24th April 

Open session with NewYVC for 10 – 18 year olds, singing songs of freedom and collaboration in song-writing, dedicated to human rights.


4.30 – 6.30pm @ Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, E125 1BX

Contact to confirm your child’s place.

Thurs 26th April

‘A Singers Tale’ with Carol Grimes “The Edith Piaf of British Music” (Camden Review)

£1 and £2

7 – 9pm @ Applecart Arts Applecart Arts, 170 Harold Road, London E13 0SE.

Please contact for further info

Saturday 28th April

A night of Jazz with the Timepiece Trio including reflections on social justice through Jazz music.

FREE  All comers

5.00 – 7pm @ Beckton Globe Library, Kingsford Rd, E6 5JQ


** Watch this space for details of further events. 

Some of the many local stories in the exhibition:

  • a London railwayman who forced a change when refused a job because he was Black
  • the campaign for proper safety standards in tower blocks after a Newham disaster
  • ‘domestic violence revolutionaries’ defending the rights of women with learning disabilities
  • school students who took action against racist attacks and to protect their youth club
  • Newham at the forefront of the struggle for access to legal aid for working-class people

We can run free workshops for school groups on most days (not Mondays), geared to your needs: KS2, KS3, GCSE, A Level, History, Citizenship, RE, Social Studies, PSHCE.

For any of the above workshops – as well as details of a CPD session for teachers – contact Martin Spafford at It may also be possible to bring workshops to your school, though we would have to charge for these.

For linked singing workshops contact Jane Wheeler at

Don’t miss the launch of JtoJ Newham Music and Freedom Project, Saturday March 3rd at 3pm in the Hall, Beckton Globe Library. It’s free but booking is essential (max 4 tickets each). Please tell all your friends, family, colleagues and networks

You are welcome to bring a group without booking a workshop. Please tell the library in advance: (020 3373 0853) so they know numbers to expect.

Interested in volunteering for JtoJ Newham Music & Freedom Project? Click here to find out how or email for a form:

Rotunda exhibition opening times at Beckton Globe Library

NB our exhibition’s installation has been delayed due to the extreme weather in the North East where it’s stored. We’ll update this site as soon as we have news. The exhibition will be in the rotunda until April 30th.

Monday:  10.30 – 5.30

Tuesday: 10.30 – 5.30 (Closed all day April 24th)

Wednesday: 10.30 – 5.30

Thursday 13.30 – 19.30

Friday & Saturday: 10.30-19.30

Sunday: Closed

 We recommend you check whether the rotunda is open before making a special visit

Community groups and schools – please book in advance. 

Tel: 020 3373 0853